Seventh-grade pitcher Olivia McGrath earned her second consecutive win as defending Boston City League champion Latin Academy Dragons cruised to a 12-6 win over league rival New Mission Monday at Playstead Park.
McGrath (2-0), fresh from a seven-strikeout performance against South Boston, fanned five, allowed one walk and two hits in two strong innings. She drilled a triple on a full count to knock in two runs in the fourth inning that pushed the Dragons’ lead to 10-6.
Junior pitcher Sydney McGrath relieved her younger sister in the sixth inning and collected three strikeouts to close out the six-inning affair.
“Olivia is our varsity pitcher and she is smooth just like her older sister,” said seventh-year coach Rocco Zizza. “Both sisters have a fierce rivalry and are always competing against each other and that motivates them in practice. This is [the] third McGrath that I have coached and they have all been ultra competitive.”
The Titans jumped out to a first-inning 2-0 lead.
The Dragons rebounded in the second inning to claim a 3-2 lead.
Freshman second baseman Julianne Coleman (3 for 3 with three runs scored) carried the heavy bat and drove in sophomore shortstop Rachel Kerrigan, who singled, and freshman left fielder Vicky Brown, who reached base on an error.
Later in the inning, Rachel Wells singled to left and knocked in sophomore catcher Eliza Laden-Mauro.
The Titans fell apart late in the game after committing five errors and issuing eight walks.
“A lot of our offense stemmed from New Mission’s mistakes, they had more errors and [issued] walks than us, and we capitalized on that,” Zizzo said. “Those mistakes allowed us to have base runners in every inning and we were able to over match them. They had great athletes but we had better softball players.”
Junior third baseman Aurora O’Bryant had a base-clearing double in the fourth inning to knock in two Dragons and extend the lead to 9-2.
Wells, Coleman, and Anna Kopp scored the Dragons' final three runs on two hits, two walks, an error, and two fielder’s choices in the sixth inning.
“We are a very young team. We have a lot of sophomores and freshman and they are all out there having fun,” Zizza said. “It was close for a little bit but we played tough and as long as we play well we are going to win.”
The Dragons (2-0) face Everett Wednesday.
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